Is your wardrobe looking a little thin this year? With the holidays approaching, the last thing you likely want to do is spend more money on it, but you have to have something to wear, right? These tips will help you build that wardrobe with vital staple pieces, all while saving money in the process.
Boots are a must-have winter staple, but when you visit your favorite shoe store and see the price tag, you may wonder if your budget allows for this purchase. Before you skip it altogether, remember that boots have been in style for several years, and this doesn’t appear to be changing. This means you will get a lot of use out of them. You can wear them with just about anything, too. Jeans, leggings, dresses and tights all look great with a pair of boots.
So how can you save on this purchase? Find a durable pair you love that will work for multiple styles, and then scour for deals. If you know the pair and size you need, you can look for online deals. In-store coupons offering 20 percent off or more can make a difference as well.
Fitted jackets look good on just about anyone, from the curvy girl to the straight-waisted one. They can be paired with just about any outfit, from pants to dresses, to add definition to the waist and length to the profile. Online deals and store coupons offer a way to save on this purchase, but the fun thing about fitted jackets is that they have been around for a while. This means that your favorite consignment or thrift shop may have some, and the styles will easily translate into this season. Resale shops are currently changing out their seasonal clothing, so you could score a great bargain.
A Little Dress
A little patterned dress is a must-have for your winter wardrobe. Some of the most affordable options can be found at stores like Sears, Forever 21 and H&M, and of course an in-store coupon can help you save. Choose a dress that is versatile and can be paired with tights or leggings to work for most of the winter. A conservative pattern will help you get more than one season out of this purchase.
Sweaters are definitely a winter staple. Chunky fabrics help you not only feel warm, but also look quite stylish this winter. Color blocking is particularly popular this season, and can be quite figure flattering, or you can pair a great sweater with a wide belt to add definition to the waist.
So how can you save on this purchase? Again, this is trend you might be able to find in the consignment shops. Don’t go for the 1980’s Bill Cosby look, but if you are careful and stick with classic colors and lines, you can grab a bargain.
Tights and Leggings
The great thing about tights and leggings is how affordable they are. They help you extend your spring and fall dresses or skirts into the winter, and can look comfortable and warm. When worn properly, they can make your style look more sophisticated as well. While you may not need a “deal” on tights or leggings because they are so cheap to begin with, this is the type of piece that often is available at two-for-one prices. Watch for discounts, then stock up.
Pumps are something your wardrobe can’t be without. From work during the day to going out at night, you will find a solid pair of pumps is one of the most versatile pieces of footwear available this season. To save without sacrificing quality, arm yourself with a store coupon or rewards program before shopping for your next pair.
Each of these trends is something hot this season, but also a little bit timeless. This means that you can add them to your wardrobe and get more than one season out of them. By shopping smart, you can build a winter wardrobe that is the envy of the catwalk, without spending much at all.
Holly is an Indianapolis writer who blogs on behalf of Sears and other great brands she loves.